Property

1723spruce
The townhouse at 1723 Spruce Street is a magnificent four-story, Jacobethan-styled brick and brownstone apartment building originally constructed in 1893 by local architect, H. Edward Ficker. Jacobethan was very popular in America between 1890 and 1915 for residencies of prominent families, as well as universities, institutions, and hotels. Jacobethan incorporates late medieval and early Renaissance architectural styles common during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) and King James I (1603 to 1625). Among the splendid medieval details of 1723 Spruce Street’s exterior are the carved figures (cherubs and dragons), iron lantern, leaded glass windows, and Romanesque arches. The townhouse showcases a steeply pitched front parapeted gable, full-width balcony, and Flemish bond brickwork with brownstone quoins.The main entrance leads to an elaborate vestibule with marble stairs, paneled wainscoting, and an elaborately molded plaster ceiling, which continues along the first floor hall. An original staircase with turned wooden balusters and carved stringer connects all four floors. An elaborate plaster crown molding remains in the third floor stair hall.